KFC owner tries to buy PETA warehouse
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2007:
NORFOLK, Va.–Yum Brands, the owner of the Kentucky Fried
Chicken restaurant chain, recently offered $1 million to buy a
warehouse in Norfolk, Virginia, Andrew Martin reported in the
January 17, 2007 edition of New York Times.
Unknown to Yum, the warehouse belongs to PETA.
“‘PETA would be willing to give Yum this warehouse, free and
clear,” PETA responded, “if KFC requires its chicken suppliers to
adopt the recommendations made by members of its own Animal Welfare
Advisory Council on March 11, 2005. A copy of these recommendations
is enclosed for your reference.”
The Animal Welfare Advisory Council suggested that KFC
suppliers should quit using antibiotics to expedite chicken growth,
stop breeding chickens to have breasts so big that the chickens have
difficulty walking, and should switch from electrically stunning
chickens to killing them with “controlled atmosphere” gassing.
Animal Welfare Advisory Council member Temple Grandin
resigned six weeks later, after Yum Brands asked council members to
sign a confidentiality agreement that would have kept them from
making their recommendations public.
Wrote Martin, “Matt Prescott, PETA’s manager for factory
farm campaigns, said PETA made the offer [of the warehouse] because
protecting chickens from what it considers abusive treatment is worth
Yum Brands declined to accept.
A PETA undercover investigation in July 2004 caused Pilgrim’s
Pride, a major KFC chicken supplier, to fire 11 employees at a
slaughterhouse in Moorefield, West Virginia, and retrain managers
at 24 slaughterhouses in all, to prevent similar abuses.